Manufacturing EV Charging Solutions at Kempower

Electronics manufacturer Kempower is developing sustainable EV charging technology. COO Sanna Otava explores keeping the supply chain robust

Kempower, a Finnish company which manufactures reliable fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles, achieved an annual revenue exceeding €100m in 2023.

Chief Operating Officer Sanna Otava oversees global operations, encompassing supply chain management, production and order-to-delivery processes. Beyond this, she also champions Kempower's sustainability efforts. 

“We're committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 through a comprehensive strategy focused on climate impact reduction, responsible product development and fostering a best-in-class workplace for our future-oriented professionals,” said Otava.

Here, she tells us more about manufacturing electric vehicle charging equipment and how kempower keeps its supply chain robust.

 

Hi Sanna, tell us, what led you to this industry?

“My journey to the EV industry began at Kemppi, a family-owned company with shared ownership ties to Kempower. While leading strategy-related projects there, I had the opportunity to witness Kempower's inception and initial development.

“My background in both business and operations development resonated strongly with Kempower's mission. I saw it as an exceptional platform to design and implement an operational model capable of scaling alongside the burgeoning EV market.

“Furthermore, I firmly believe that modern leadership principles and an open company culture are fundamental to fostering high employee satisfaction, which serves as the cornerstone of any successful organisation. Building a company from the ground up presented an ideal opportunity to cultivate this kind of environment right from the start.”

Tell us about the fast charging solutions you design and manufacture.

“At Kempower, we're not just building fast charging solutions. Our innovative designs prioritise ultimate power, effortless user experience and a commitment to a green future.

“Kempower's modular approach to fast charging empowers customers to create the perfect solution for their specific needs. Whether they require the lightning-fast 400kW DC charging ideal for highway hubs or versatile power combinations for workplace or residential settings, we have the flexibility to match such requirements. Our modularity allows scaling up seamlessly as needs evolve, saving time and money on costly infrastructure overhauls.

“We also develop the software to go with our chargers. Our Kempower ChargEye cloud-based platform connects drivers to their charging sessions like never before. With real-time tracking and effortless mobile payment options, Kempower ChargEye puts control and convenience literally in the palm of the EV driver’s hand.

“Kempower is committed to a greener future. Our solutions are designed for energy efficiency and seamless integration with renewable energy sources. This minimises strain on the grid and maximises the utilisation of clean energy, aligning perfectly with ambitious goals like the EU Green Deal.”

 

Your product development and production are rooted in Finland, while your materials and components are sourced locally. How are you keeping the supply chain going?

“At Kempower, we understand the critical role a robust and responsible supply chain plays in our success. While our product development and production are proudly rooted in Finland, securing reliable materials and components goes beyond mere geographical proximity. Collaborating with subcontractors based in Lahti, Finland and Durham, North Carolina, provides us with several advantages - local partners enable quicker reaction times to any challenges and allow us to adapt efficiently to evolving needs. We've established a strategic approach that balances the benefits of a local supply chain with the efficiency and reach of global sourcing.

“At Kempower, we firmly believe that a strong, responsible supply chain is not just about securing materials; it's about collaborating for a positive impact. ESG principles are deeply embedded within our supply chain management. We actively seek partners who share our commitment to sustainability.”

 

What do the next 12 months hold for you and the company?

“The next year at Kempower promises further growth and innovation. As COO, I'm focused on strengthening our global operations and entering new markets. Our new Lahti factory opens this spring, boosting production. We're also launching next-generation chargers with silicon carbide technology for faster charging.

“By leveraging our strengths, embracing innovation, and collaborating with partners, we're confident in making a significant impact on the future of electric mobility.”

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